Penobscot Community Health Care cuts 10 jobs

Posted Sept. 03, 2010, at 12:25 a.m.

BANGOR — Penobscot Community Health Care is the latest Bangor area health care organization to lay off staff members in the name economic efficiency.

The Rev. Bob Carlson, PCHC president, said Thursday afternoon that 10 people were notified this week that their positions have been terminated. None of the employees worked in clinical positions. Six worked in general administrative jobs at the organization’s Maine Avenue headquarters. Two were recently hired case managers at the Hope House shelter. Two others worked in support positions at several PCHC sites in the Bangor area.

In addition, the positions of two other employees who recently left the organization for their own reasons will not be filled, he said. One was a practice administrator at the Helen Hunt Health Center in Old Town, and one was an occupational health physician.

Eastern Maine Medical Center and St. Joseph Healthcare in Bangor both have announced layoffs and other cost-containment measures in recent months.

Carlson said PCHC is not experiencing financial hardships but strives to run a lean operation.

“Our margins are very thin,” he said.

In addition to outpatient centers in Bangor and Old Town, the nonprofit organization recently opened a 28,500-square-foot primary care clinic in Brewer. It also operates a number of other sites, including the Warren Center for Speech and Hearing in Bangor, Hampden Physical Therapy, the Eastern Maine AIDS Network in Bangor and others.

In return for serving a low-income, rural population, PCHC receives enhanced Medicare and Medicaid payments and qualifies for a number of federal grants.

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